January 19, 2018
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WBRC expands Portland Office

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PORTLAND, Maine —  WBRC Architects ⋅ Engineers, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Maine and Florida, is pleased to announce the acquisition of three strategic hires, including two new shareholders, at its Portland-based office.
Will Pogar, AIA, and Richard Borrelli, AIA, NCARB, have joined the firm as principals and as Portland Region Manager and Healthcare Studio Director, respectively. Jon Towle, CSI, has joined the firm as Architectural Designer and Project Manager.
New Principals:
Will Pogar brings more than 30 years of professional experience to WBRC, most recently focused in healthcare design, but also education, commercial, and civic projects. Prior to joining WBRC, Pogar co-led the healthcare studio at Harriman Architects + Engineers, and was previously an in-house architect for a large medical center. His work history also includes serving as a secondary education teacher for half a decade. Pogar has both a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Idaho.
Richard Borrelli’s 28 years of professional experience in healthcare facility programming, planning and design ranges from ambulatory care to acute care. Prior to joining WBRC, Borrelli co-led the healthcare studio at Harriman. He previously served as Design Director for the in-house architectural arm of Trinity Health, a national Catholic healthcare provider. Richard Borrelli has both a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Ball State University College of Architecture & Planning.
“Will Pogar and Richard Borrelli are both highly experienced, client-focused problem solvers,” says WBRC president Doug Whitney. “In seeking to fill two strategic positions to grow the firm’s reach in northern New England, and particularly the healthcare sector, the best applicants were two colleagues we knew and respected. We at WBRC couldn’t be more pleased to have them join our leadership team and, more importantly, to begin serving our clients.”
New Architectural Designer and Project Manager:
Jon Towle, CSI, brings 23 years of experience in retail project design, planning and management to WBRC. He previously served as Architecture and Décor Team Leader for retail giant Delhaize America, which owns and operates Food Lion, Bottom Dollar Food, Hannaford, Sweetbay, and Harveys. Prior to this, he served Hannaford Bros. Co. and Sweetbay exclusively as Architectural Design Coordinator, Store Planner, and Design Project Manager.
“Jon is a highly respected professional with immense knowledge of the retail design and project management environment,” said Whitney. “He will be instrumental as we continue our growth in this sector throughout the U.S. and Atlantic Canada.”
WBRC has achieved numerous awards for its sustainable design and leadership practices. Most recently, it was awarded the AGC Build New England Grand Honor Award as part of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences building team. For details on the firm, visit wbrcae.com.

WBRC Architects ⋅ Engineers provides architecture and engineering design services for education, healthcare, corporate, government, and retail clients throughout the U.S. and Atlantic Canada from offices in Bangor and Portland, Maine, and Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Founded in 1902, WBRC is one of the oldest architecture firms in Maine and has been recognized for its design and sustainable practices. For more information, visit www.wbrcae.com